Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 17th Mar 2003 22:49 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces So many operating systems and so many graphical desktop environments... This article is a comparison of the UI and usability of several Desktop Environments (DEs), that have been widely used, admired and reviled: Windows XP Luna, BeOS 6 (Dano/Zeta), Mac OS X Aqua and Unix's KDE and Gnome. Read on which one got our best score on our long term test and usage.
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by Alastair Nicol on Tue 18th Mar 2003 04:34 UTC

Yup, well rounded overview of the DE's available.

I love Linux, I hate microsoft, I can hack a linux distro to fix problems, but i'm a busy chap. Installing linux on a server *nice*. Install linux on a desktop arrgghhhhh. I always end up hacking the x config files to get fonts to work. I shouldnt need to.

All the application software I run is opensource. Mozilla, Open Office, python, cygwin etc. I am NOT dependant on using windows. Which GUI do I use? Windows 2k. Why? It lets me get on with my job. (xp sucks imho)

I can break explorer about once a week and i can break win2k (after a heavy 24h+ session). I can live with that.

On the same notebook (dell 8200) using SuSE 8.1 (and redhat 7.3). I can kill the desktop within 8 hours (not sure its an x, kde etc). Koffice - its not usable, within 30 minutes of playing with koffice I killed it. Linux is still running like a rock, but sometimes i have to ssh into my notebook from my linux server to kill x.

Open Office fonts suck (even more hacking)

Konqueror - it *sucks*
1. major, major bloat. it should be split into separate apps
2. walking directory trees is pure evil compared to Microsoft
3. Way, way too many icons taking up far too much space.

(i love the shell like autocomplete of filenames though)

The default editor in windows is notepad, it is basic as hell, but works. The default kde editor (kate?) does nasty things to config files. (but it has lots of options ;-)

I work faster using win2k gui than using cygwin and vim, i work faster in linux using xterm and vim than i do in kde.

Kde has all the functionality I need and bags more. I would love to use KDE, but for me KDE need to change their priorities.

1. total freeze of new features
2. focus on stability
3. split konqueror into separate apps (and fix directory walking)
4. focus on usability